Heat Stress for Older Adults

Heat stress for older adults can be dangerous.

Drink water regularly. Do NOT wait until you’re thirsty to start drinking water.

Avoid using your oven or stove to prepare meals.

Wear loose-fitting clothes.

Take showers to cool down.

Maintain the heating and air conditioning system in your home, so your home cools properly.

If you don’t have air conditioning, consider staying with a friend or family member during a heatwave. It may be enough to take an “air conditioning break” at a local mall or library during the heat of the day.

Don’t overwork yourself, and make sure you rest.

Have others check up on you, and vice versa.

Wear sunscreen and clothing to protect yourself from sunburns, which make it hard for your body to cool down.

When outside in the heat, wear a hat, try to stay in the shade, and move slowly so you won’t become overheated.